BROWNSVILLE - Nearly two years after breaking ground, U.S. Border Patrol agents are completing their move to their newly constructed station.
The station is about a mile from the intersection of Farm-to-Markets 511 and 803 on about 51 acres of land a block away from the Cameron County Sheriff's Department.
"It's a beautiful building, and they finally have the room that they needed at the Border Patrol station," said local Border Patrol spokesman Dan Doty.
Although the location is somewhat isolated from the rest of Brownsville, it's just a matter of time before development engulfs the area. A few miles away from the station is a new Los Fresnos elementary school, which is set to open this year.There are 209 agents assigned to the Brownsville station, a number expected to increase by year's end as the agency hires more agents for the its Rio Grande Valley sector.
The Brownsville agents began moving into the 54,472-square-foot facility on July 18 and mostly completed the move by July 21, Doty said.
The pace of the move quickened as the agency was also preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Dolly.
"They actually moved in prior to the hurricane hitting land," Doty said.
The agents at this station are responsible for 86.7 square miles and 23.02 river miles, according to the Border Patrol.
A few pieces of equipment remain at the old station on Central Boulevard. The entire move should be completed by September, in which the agency then plans to hold a media tour of the new facility.
The Brownsville station is one of the newest Border Patrol facilities to open in the Valley. The agency's Valley headquarters opened approximately two years ago off Highway 281 and Trenton Road in Edinburg.
A new McAllen station is under construction on West Military Highway. That 74,000-square-foot building is expected to open in January.
There are nine stations in the Valley sector that cover approximately 17,000 square miles.